In today's Gospel passage from Luke, we read the wellknown parable of the Good Samaritan. Here, Jesus teaches us in rich detail what love in action looks like. The first thing we note about the Good Samaritan is that he is aware of the needs of those around him and responds generously. While the priest and Levi brush right past the man on the side of the road, the Samaritan is watching for those who might be in need. He has a hospitable way of looking at the world around him, and so, he is able to "see" in a way that the others did not, and he was "moved with compassion at the sight" of the man.
Next, we see the Good Samaritan spring into action to serve this man, setting aside his own schedule and plans in order to meet his needs. He does not just give the man a few dollars or offer some quick words of encouragement from across the road. He goes right up to the man.
He cleans and bandages his wounds. He puts the man on his own animal and brings him to an inn where he can heal. He ensures that the innkeeper would continue to look after him and he commits to returning to the man on his way back.
That is how we live out God's commandments. That is true hospitality and service. That is how a good disciple springs into action when he comes upon a neighbor in need. And Jesus says to each of us personally, just as He did in today's Gospel, "Go and do likewise."
- Philip Kosloski (Aleteia)
These saints understood the beauty of a prayer life united to Jesus' Heart.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is, according to the Directory on Popular Piety, “one of the most widespread and popular [devotions] in the Church.”
It is a deeply Christo-centric practice that has been a vital part of Christian devotion since the beginning. When viewed, "in the light of the Scriptures, the term 'Sacred Heart of Jesus' denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The 'Sacred Heart' is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers."
The ancient devotion was revived and spread throughout the world after a French Visitandine (Visitation) nun named Margaret Mary Alacoque had visions of Jesus, wherein he asked the Church to honor his Most Sacred Heart. Since then numerous saints have promoted this worthy devotion.
Here are five quotes to inspire in our own hearts a deeper love of Jesus' Sacred Heart and to remind us of the personal love that God has for each and every individual.
"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.
Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.
Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."
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